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Converting To SRAM Rival Group

Old 04-12-10, 02:15 PM
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Converting To SRAM Rival Group

Well, this Summer I've decided to jump onto the STI bandwagon (coming over from downtubes), and went with a Rival group. It was either Rival or Shimano 105, and from what I've read online Rival was a good choice. So here's my list of changes, I'm hoping they will be for the best.

Old -> New
Downtube 8-speed -> STI 10-speed (Good!)
170MM 52/42 crank -> 175MM 53/39 crank (I'm 5'11", and have been really thinking about trying 175MM for a while now)
11-26 -> 11-28 (yeah, I'm slow uphill. That's going to be a big change with the 39 in front; I'm not sure how well it will or will not work, but I've read good things about this combination online, so I've got my fingers crossed)

I'm excited :-) . It should be here by the end of the week!
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Old 04-12-10, 02:37 PM
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You are going to like the change. I have the Rival group on my bike, and I am really liking it. A friend of mine has 105 on his bike, and when he saw the Rival in action the only word he had was "sick".
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Old 04-12-10, 02:42 PM
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cool man, i have 105 on my cannondale, i like it, and i've only dealt with Shimano all along, but now i built a Tri bike with SRAM Rival all around, i love it.
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You definitely won't be disappointed. SRAM is the Shiz...
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Old 04-12-10, 10:08 PM
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Despite the price, Rival is actually at Ultegra level if you didn't realise
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STI really only refers to Shimano integrated shifters (that's what the 'S' stands for). But nice choice nonetheless.
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Old 04-13-10, 02:38 AM
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I think inseam decides crank length.
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STI really only refers to Shimano integrated shifters (that's what the 'S' stands for). But nice choice nonetheless.
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Old 04-13-10, 04:19 AM
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Shimano Total Integration.
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Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
Well, this Summer I've decided to jump onto the STI bandwagon (coming over from downtubes), and went with a Rival group. It was either Rival or Shimano 105, and from what I've read online Rival was a good choice. So here's my list of changes, I'm hoping they will be for the best.

Old -> New
Downtube 8-speed -> STI 10-speed (Good!)
170MM 52/42 crank -> 175MM 53/39 crank (I'm 5'11", and have been really thinking about trying 175MM for a while now)
11-26 -> 11-28 (yeah, I'm slow uphill. That's going to be a big change with the 39 in front; I'm not sure how well it will or will not work, but I've read good things about this combination online, so I've got my fingers crossed)

I'm excited :-) . It should be here by the end of the week!
Show us some serious overhaul pictures pls?

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Shimano Total Integration.
Gives a whole new meaning to the term STD...
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Old 04-13-10, 06:37 AM
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Another convert! You won't regret
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Originally Posted by stedalus View Post
STI really only refers to Shimano integrated shifters (that's what the 'S' stands for). But nice choice nonetheless.
+3 - that was my first thought as well.

OP - congrats on your choice - you're going to love it.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
+3 - that was my first thought as well.
You guys all beat me to it.


Interesting that STI has reached "kleenex" status.

Ergopower not so much. Guess that happens when you're first.
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Ergopower not so much. Guess that happens when you're first.
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I love my new Rival bike. Having ridden both Red and Rival, I couldn't see myself paying for Red again. You might have to install the crank a few times to get it to fully seat.
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I think you are going to be real happy with your new setup. I put Rival on my wife's bike and it is really nice. If the hills aren't your strong point, I bet you will like the new cassette also. You might need to fiddle with the RD adjustment a bit to get the cage to clear when one down from the top otherwise it will just touch the 28t and the noise will drive you bonkers.
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Sounds like a good upgrade. What frame you hanging all this stuff on?

I'm 5'11" with a 34 pant inseam and been riding 172.5mm for a few years now. I feel a bit of a difference from 170 on one of my bikes (old campy crank I don't want to replace). Tried a 175 on one test bike and it just felt too long to me, but to each their own when it comes to such things.
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I upgraded from 105 7-speed with downtube shifters to Rival just last year, and it's absolutely terrific. You're gonna love it. Don't be thrown by the noise of the Rival, it's louder than the 105 but it's crisp as hell.
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Originally Posted by mjdwyer23 View Post
You might have to install the crank a few times to get it to fully seat.
I redid my non drive side crank today. I think there needs to be a sticky or how to on this. Short version is: Make sure you fully lube the spindle before you put on the crank. Tighten the allen bolt pretty dang tight.....SRAM says 32#'s. This is to fix the slight side-to side wobble you may experience. Also, note the crank needs to touch/seat itself next to the bearing. If there is space, you will experience the wiggle.....
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Well, I have original Rival, new Rival and 2010 Force. All are great but Rival is hard to beat as far as price and weight. My 2010 Force is identical in feel to Red and as light with the BB30 but to be honest, Sram Rival with Force carbon crank is all anyone would ever need.
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Originally Posted by cuda2k View Post
Sounds like a good upgrade. What frame you hanging all this stuff on?

I'm 5'11" with a 34 pant inseam and been riding 172.5mm for a few years now. I feel a bit of a difference from 170 on one of my bikes (old campy crank I don't want to replace). Tried a 175 on one test bike and it just felt too long to me, but to each their own when it comes to such things.
The rival group will go on this:


As far as crank length, I started off with 175mm (I got a whopping 20 miles out of it until a loose pedal chewed through the threads), then I went 170mm, and road that for about 2 years. From what I've read online, lower rpm cyclists will probably like a longer crank, and figured this would be a good time to try.
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